Make this easy kale chips recipe and never again buy expensive kale chips snacks!
I have a soft spot for salty snack and this easy kale chips recipe is one of my favorite homemade snacks!
This baked kale chips recipe beats store-bought kale chips anytime!
Kale chips are all the rage these days, and you can find many brands of packaged kale chips on the market. I guess people figure out that kale is healthy, so kale chips must be better than regular chips. I’m a proponent of everything in moderation, but what I cannot stand is the price tag on kale chips. They are super expensive, and usually do not remain crispy in the bag. Their texture is more along the line of rubbery. Not appealing at all.
These baked kale chips are best enjoyed straight out of the oven. I seasoned them in a variety of ways, but this combination reminds me of a popular store-bought chip flavor: maple bacon! The secret to getting the flavor right is all in the liquid smoke. There are many brands of liquid smoke to choose from on the market, however I really like the CedarHouse Ultra-Premium Liquid Smoke.
Ever wonder what’s so great about kale and why you should eat it more often? Check out this article from my friends at Thrive Cuisine about the wonderful benefits of kale!
Easy kale chips recipe with maple-bacon flavor
- 1 small bunch of kale, washed, stems removed, patted dry and cut into large chunks
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Set the oven to 300F and place one of the oven grids in the middle.
- Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. If you do a lot of baking, a silicone mat is the way to go (less trash and cheaper over the long run compared to multiple rolls of parchment paper).
- Place the kale chunks in a large mixing bowl.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, maple syrup, liquid smoke, paprika, onion powder and salt.
- Pour the mixture over the kale and gently mix with your hands. Do not over do it, you want the kale to stay crunchy!
- Place the kale on the baking sheet in one even layer. If you have too much kale for the size of your baking sheet, prepare your chips in two batches instead of piling it on.
- Cook the kale for 10 minutes, then turn the baking sheet and cook for another 10 minutes (20 minutes in total).
- Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes.